junk bonanza recap.

Junk Bonanza was a whirlwind 4 day marathon.  Day one was driving to Shakopee, unloading the truck and setting up our booth.  I was already exhausted.  The next 3 days we had a constant flow of people.  I’m pretty sure we never even sat down on the first day.  The next two weren’t quite as crazy, but still very few breaks in the crowd.  I am completely and utterly worn out.  My hat goes off to those who do this sort of thing all the time.

One of the coolest things about being a vendor at Junk Bonanza was walking in each morning before the shoppers were allowed in.   All was quiet.  It was just me, surrounded by the most incredible collection of vintage junk on the planet.  It was a lot like being allowed into Disneyland early!  I should have thought to take more pictures at that moment, but I didn’t.  Drat.

junk bonanza neighbor copy

First off though, are you wondering what I brought home from Junk Bonanza?  Well … not much.  I didn’t have much time to shop at all.  Here is my sweet little haul.

junk bonanza haul

Yep, that’s it!

Yes, I did buy another can of the Annie Sloan chalk paint.  Can you believe this stuff is going for $42 a quart!  But I really wanted to try this particular color, Duck Egg.  In hindsight, I wish I had splurged on a couple more.  I’d also like to try her Old White to see how well it covers, and the French Linen looks really nice too.  But spending $126 on 3 quarts of paint?  Not sure I could do it.

The Annie Sloan rep was Heidi from Broken Broom and she purchased my black writing desk (painted in Miss Mustard Seed milk paint, but shhhh, don’t tell anyone)!

I love my Union Jack necklace.  That came from Lisa Souers Designs.  And the black toy phone came from my own booth!  Lori brought it, and I bought it before we even opened.  Lori picked up the little baby aqua phone for me at another booth, wasn’t that nice of her!  Thanks Lori!  And I grabbed the aqua flower frogs on my way in the very first morning.  I’d been eyeing them and realized I should just nab them before they sold to someone else.  After all, they are in ‘my color’.

junk bonanza haul 2

The rolls of vintage wallpaper underneath everything are from Rose Mille.  Their booth was across the way from ours, and the owner Michelle was a really lovely person.  Her booth was gorgeous.  I wish I had some good pictures of it, but I just didn’t have time for photography.  These just don’t do justice to her beautiful booth at all.

rose mille collage

I’m hoping to use the wallpaper on the drawer fronts of a dresser.  I’ve seen it done online and if done right, it can be gorgeous.  I hope I can pull it off.  I purchased 4 small rolls and I hope I can find just the right piece to put them on.

As for the stuff I was selling, I did fairly well.  I came home with only a handful of smaller items that didn’t sell.  All of my suitcases sold, and about half of my painted books.  I sold 7 big pieces of furniture, but I brought home 3 dressers and the french cane back chair.  If anyone is interested, these 3 dressers remain available:

chateau marmont 5Chateau Marmont dresser, SOLD.

Paris dresser 7

Petite Paris dresser, SOLD!

mind the gap 1

Mind the Gap dresser, sale pending.

In addition, although I had many shoppers who said they would check back about the radio cabinet on Saturday, no one has followed through so far.  I would be happy to sell it now if anyone is interested.

check it out 1

Radio Cabinet, $168.

In the end the question is, “would I do it again?” and the answer is, probably not.  It was fun to be a part of it once, but it was a ton of work.  I did make a little more money than I make at my occasional sale, but that was ultimately eaten up by the overhead expenses of renting a truck, paying for half the booth rental, and gas to drive to Shakopee for 4 days.  In addition, there were a lot of ‘rules’!  No merchandise newer than 40 years old, no leaving early even if sales are so low that you are sitting there for nothing, you are supposed to wear official Junk Bonanza shirts, etc, etc.  I have to follow enough rules at my day job, I didn’t need them added to my fun hobby job.  And although it probably wasn’t really that much more work, it was concentrated into 4 days so it seemed like more.  When I have my occasional sale I can spend weeks getting it all set up, and then we are only open for a short six hours.  When it’s done, I can shut the doors to the Carriage House, walk inside and take a nap!  Much better than having to pack up everything that didn’t sell, load it back into a truck, drive 45 minutes home, and then unload it all.  Phew!  Yep, I think I’m going to stick with the Carriage House sale!  Hope to see you there in June!


5 thoughts on “junk bonanza recap.

  1. I was wondering how it turned out for you after all the work and expense involved in a show. I’m happy for you that you sold a lot of furniture and all your smalls. I think you are the best painter around and I like everything you do.


  2. I’m surprised you came back with anything since it’s all fantastic! Of course, the ones I especially liked, and in my colors, sold! Glad you had a good time and found a few treasures.


  3. I thought about you several times this weekend wondering how it went. Sounds like you worked your little behind off. Love your finds especially the frogs. Real bummer that you did not get an opportunity to shop yourself much. Are doing an occasional
    sale at your carriage house this summer or was this it for the year?


    1. I have two other friends that do the sale at my house with me, so even if I don’t have quite as much inventory as usual, they will more than make up the difference. So … the short answer is, yes, I’m definitely still having my Carriage House sale in June. Neighborhood garage sales kick off soon, so I hope to be out finding lots of lovely vintage things to add to the mix!


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